Butter 101: Tips for Buying Better Butter

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Open your fridge. Do you have butter? Of course you do! Butter is one of the most commonly used ingredients in cooking, and it makes an excellent dip for your favorite seafood dish (crab legs, anyone?).

But is the butter in your fridge high-quality? Chances are you went to the grocery store, rolled your cart past the incredible variety of butter available, and grabbed a brand you recognized so you could get home quickly.

Choosing the best butter for your kitchen can feel overwhelming with so many options. Keep these four quality checks in mind the next time you pick up butter from the store, and we promise you that you’ll leave with better butter!

Mr. Stick's Four Tips for Buying Better Butter

1. Look at the fat content

The average stick of butter you’ll find at the grocery store has about 80% butterfat. In the case of butter, the old adage “fat is flavor” really rings true. Finding butter with a higher fat percentage will give you a fuller, richer flavor in your meals. It’ll also be easier to spread and have a softer texture if the fat percentage is higher.

While you may find this information on packaging, you can also use industry standards. American butter is typically 80% butterfat, European butter is 82%, and Amish butter is 84-85%.

2. Look for limited ingredients

Your butter should contain as few ingredients as possible. Many companies will put canola oil in butter or make other additions, so the butter is easy to spread. A high-quality butter will be predominantly made of cream and salt.

3. Find out where the milk comes from

The milk used to make your butter can make an incredible difference in the overall butter flavor and nutrition! If the cows are allowed to graze freely on grass and raised in a pasture, you’ll naturally get more flavorful and colorful butter. These butters will also have a high level of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and other nutrients.

4. Check out the creamery

We know this feels a lot like we’re giving you homework, but we promise it’s worth it. If you want higher-quality butter, you need to know where it’s coming from. How does the creamery make the butter? What techniques do they use, and how do they package it? Is the butter Kosher and Vegetarian friendly?

Knowing all of this will help you determine which butter is right to keep in your household. If you’re still overwhelmed, rest assured, we’ve done some research for you! Our favorite butter for dipping, dunking, or mixing with our Mr. Stick’s seasonings is Riverlea, imported from New Zealand. It checks all the boxes – high fat content, limited ingredients, grass-fed and pasture-raised cows, and it’s suitable for both Vegetarian and Kosher diets. You’ll never want to mix your Mr. Stick's or dunk your crab in anything else!